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Kentucky softball team forges ahead with AR-15 rifle raffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:04am

An under-10 girls' softball team is the latest entity to attract attention for a fundraiser raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle.

Former teacher, UGA player gets prison for student sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:43am

A former teacher and University of Georgia football player who admitted to a sexual relationship with a student will serve five years in prison.

Senate to weigh punishment for member accused of misconduct

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:39am

The California Senate is expected to debate punishment for a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct Thursday, including what could be the first expulsion in more than a century.

Utah panel endorses bill to up charge for killing police dog

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:10am

A panel of Utah lawmakers has endorsed a bill that would increase the penalty for intentionally killing a police dog.

Montenegro: Man threw grenade at US Embassy then killed self

Pedja Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:58pm

An attacker threw a hand grenade at the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro's capital and then killed himself with another explosive device, the government here said Thursday.

Tearful student asks Trump, 'How do we not stop this?'

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:56pm

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.

Police: Narcotics officers hit armed man in gunfire exchange

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:50pm

Authorities say police officers investigating drug activity in Mississippi exchanged gun fire with an armed man, injuring him.

Florida students pushing for gun regulations face pushback

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:34pm

The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre want the Legislature to enact stricter limits on guns. What that might entail remains debatable — if any changes are forthcoming at all.

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:18pm

A condemned Texas inmate set for execution Thursday evening awaited word on whether Gov. Greg Abbott would accept the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation to spare the prisoner's life at the urging of his father.

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

Jason Dearen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:16pm

Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida's state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn't been invited and the lawmakers they were intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they stood their ground.

Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

Rachel Zoll and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:42pm

The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

Billy Graham dies: 'America's Pastor,' adviser to presidents

Rachel Zoll and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:14pm

As a young man, Billy Graham practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel — and political advice — to U.S. presidents.

Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout and Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:12pm

A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers, swarmed into the state Capitol on Wednesday, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.

Procession planned for 'America's Pastor,' Rev. Billy Graham

Rachel Zoll and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:59pm

The Rev. Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist dubbed "America's Pastor" who died this week at 99, will lie in repose for two days next week with a funeral to be held March 2.

Crews used boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52pm

Crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping across the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying areas in several states.

The Latest: Michigan mayor declares state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52pm

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):

A simple walking test while counting backwards can diagnose dementia

Susan Scutti, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:36pm

Simple walking tests can accurately diagnose a type of dementia that may sometimes be reversed when identified early and quickly treated, a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology found.

The Latest: Angry students, parents confront Sen. Rubio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:30pm

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Charges: Minneapolis father beat, raped twin daughters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:00pm

A 51-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of beating his mentally disabled twin daughters, raping them and chaining them to a bedroom door in a case described as torture.